If you want to know just how quick the 2021 RS7 Sportback is, all you have to do is read the official spec sheet. But can you achieve those numbers in the real world?
Actually, that is what we are about to find out in the video shared below, which shows the executive super sedan being put through its paces on the German Autobahn, on winter tires and in temperatures of 0 C (32 F).
Granted, those were not the ideal conditions to test the car’s performance, which takes only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill with the Launch Control function enabled. It has a top speed that is electronically capped at 155 mph (250 km/h), 174 mph (280 km/h) with the Dynamic Package or 190 mph (305 km/h) with the Dynamic Plus.
The twin turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 pumps out 592 HP (600 PS / 441 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. It also comes as standard with a sport differential, all-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension.
The second-gen RS7 no longer goes against the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLS 63 and BMW M6 Gran Coupe, as those cars were replaced by the AMG GT 63 and M8 Gran Coupe. As for pricing, you are looking at a minimum of €122,500 ($147,492) in Germany, where this video was shot, for the 2021 RS7 Sportback, and $114,000 in the United States, excluding the $995 destination charge, a $5,000 premium over the more practical 2021 RS6 Avant.